Marty Klein

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Marty Klein
Fields Family & Marriage Therapist
Certified Sex Therapist
Known for sex education
policy analyst

Marty Ralph Klein (born 1950) is an American sex therapist, author, educator and public policy analyst. Klein is critical of censorship, the concepts of "sex addiction"[1][2] and "porn addiction," and the anti-pornography movement. Klein is a member of the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau.[3]

Life and career[edit]

He has written several books on sexuality, and his book America's War on Sex, honored as the year's Best Sexuality Book by AASECT.[4] It documents how the issue of sexual regulation is being used to undermine secular democracy. Marty Klein details in the book that there is a well-coordinated, deeply funded war on sexuality, and it's being fought on many different fronts:

  • the laws that restrict access to information and products and services;
  • the mythologies that legislators are relying on to make terrible laws;
  • the guilt that people feel;
  • the anxiety people have about their kids' safety when it comes to sexuality.[5]

The book explores the US's deep-seated anxiety about sexuality and the lengths to which the US government is willing to go to keep its citizens sexually repressed. Klein's work challenges American society's (and psychotherapy’s) assumptions about sexuality; he is particularly critical of what he calls the "Sexual Disaster Industry" and the “Oprah-ization” of psychotherapy and medicine.[6][7][8] More recently he has spoken out against the criminalization and cruel punishment of teen “sexting.”[9]

Klein participates in court cases involving issues such as censorship, obscenity, and sexual expression. Klein has served as an expert witness or invited defendant in US federal and state cases.[10][11][12][13][14]

Klein has been interviewed by The New York Times,[15] SF Weekly,[16]


Klein has written over 100 articles for publications such as The Journal of Sex Research, San Francisco Medicine, The Journal of Homosexuality, and Contemporary Sexuality, as well as Parents, Playboy, American Baby, Modern Bride, and New Woman.

Sexual intelligence construct has been criticized. Further research is needed to prove that it differs from social or emotional intelligence.[17]

Klein maintains a blog, Sexual Intelligence,[18] and a monthly on-line newsletter with the same title.


  • Klein, Marty (1988). Your Sexual Secrets: When to Keep Them, When & How to Tell. Pacifica Pr. ISBN 978-0525247166. 
  • Klein, Marty (1996). Ask Me ... Anything: Dr. Klein Answers the Sex Questions You'd Love to Ask. SexEd Press. ISBN 978-0970452634. 
  • Klein, Marty; Robbins, Riki (1999). Let Me Count the Ways: Discovering Great Sex Without Intercourse. Tarcher. ISBN 978-0874779561. 
  • Klein, Marty (2002). Beyond Orgasm: Dare to Be Honest about the Sex You Really Want. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-1587611681. 
  • Klein, Marty (2002). Sexual Intelligence: Politics, Culture, the Media, and Sex. SexEd Press. ISBN 978-0970452672. 
  • Klein, Marty (2006). America's War on Sex: The Continuing Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty. Praeger. ISBN 978-1440801280. 
  • Klein, Marty (2012). Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want from Sex--and How to Get It. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0062098580. 
  • Klein, Marty (2016). His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America’s PornPanic With Honest Talk About Sex. Praeger. ISBN 978-1-4408-4286-3. 


  1. ^ Verghese, Abraham (16 February 1998). "Annals of Addiction: The Pathology of Sex". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ As examples, take some of his papers:
  3. ^ "Marty Klein, Ph.D.". Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Monday Reviews: America's War on Sex". The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ Dr. Marty Klein; Melanie Gorman; Rachel Kleinman (May 22, 2012). "War on Sex? An Interview With Dr. Marty Klein". 
  6. ^
  7. ^ DR. MARTY KLEIN // Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary Agency
  8. ^ Kernes, Mark (November 2006). "America's War On Sex". Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. 9. 
  9. ^ “Sexting” Can’t—Repeat, Can’t—Kill Anyone
  10. ^ Cyberspace Communications, Inc. v. Engler, 142 F Supp. 2d 827 (E.D. Mich 2001)
  11. ^ ACLU v. Goddard, Civ. No. 00-0505 TUC AM (D. Ariz. Aug 11, 2004)
  12. ^ US v. Fletcher (2008)
  13. ^ US v. Marcus (2004)
  14. ^ Williams v. Pryor, D. C. Docket No. 98-01938-CV-5 (2007)
  15. ^ La Ferla, Ruth (29 May 2005). "More Sex, Less 'Joy'". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Yeung, Bernice (4 April 2004). "Sex and the Single Psychologist". SF Weekly. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Oronowicz, Wojciech (2016-04-22). "Does sexual intelligence exist? Do we need another intelligence construct?". 8th Annual Cracow Cognitive Science Conference „Intelligence”. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.3856.5523. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  18. ^ Klein, Marty. "Sexual Intelligence". Retrieved 18 October 2013. 

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